Houghton Lodge Gardens near Stockbridge will be hosting another celebration of their heritage apples on Sunday 26th September, with a bushel of activities the whole family will enjoy. Join Mr. Chris Bird, M.Hort (RHS) of Sparsholt College when he returns with some of his colleagues and former students for a day of historic apple wisdom!
There will be plenty of opportunity to 'ask the experts' on fruit tree growing, cultivating and pruning along with the chance to view and taste the many varieties. Hampshire storyteller, Michael O'Leary will be entertaining visitors with his folk stories from Hampshire. Michael has written several books of tales from Hampshire and Sussex, and in 'Hampshire Folk tales for Children' he tells of his terrible experience at the hands (branches) of the Apple Tree Man – from a time when he worked in Hampshire's Meon Valley. Mike's unique storytelling is always fun and engaging as he captures imaginations of anyone lucky enough to hear them! Children can also follow clues around the garden on the ''Apple Trail' to help solve the stolen golden apple mystery. Could it be the alpacas, the sheep or is someone else lurking in the gardens?
Apples will also feature on the tearoom menu with Honesty at Houghton Lodge Gardens serving delicious apple cake, apple traybake and apple & cinnamon muffins.
Light refreshments will be available throughout the day. As well as these exciting activities, visitors will also be able to wander round the gardens to see over 32 varieties of apple trees, as well as pear, plum, fig and kiwi trees in the kitchen garden and the great espalier pear tree with a span of over fifty feet – recently crowned a Champion Tree! Gardens open at 10am and all things apple commence from 11.00-4.00pm.
FREE ENTRY to The Orangery to speak to Sparsholt College and to enjoy the Art Exhibition and Tearoom. Normal entry price to the garden applies. Please book in advance. For more information about any of the above events and to book tickets visit www.houghtonlodge.co.uk
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